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    Sacajawea Community News

    Oct. 1st, 2020

    Top Items This Week

    • School Directory and PTA Membership - Please fill out your family directory page, visit the Directory and PTA Membership page
    • Volunteering Opportunities Available - check out how you can help at Sacajawea. 
    • Packs for Kids is offering food assistance to Sac families - please contact Charlene Shanahan
    • Packs for Kids Donations - We're still collecting food donations, too. See how to help here.
    • Distribution Day Oct. 8th 3pm-4pm - Library services start for 3rd-5th grade. Please remember to bring back classroom bag #1.
    • Superintendent Reopening Plan Task Force Accepting Applications - Deadline Oct. 7th at 9am
    • Recycled Art Mosaic Cards - Free Virtual Art Workshop for SPS Students (Grades 3-8) Oct. 7th at 3pm
    • Upcoming community events - check out the collection of community events compiled by our Equity Team.
    • MOVE-A-THON - Watch for more information coming soon!
    • Virtual Curriculum Night - Schedule and format to come later in October.

    Dear Sacajawea Families,

    We are continuing to work on consistency with flexibility as we are moving forward into remote learning.  I hope you are beginning to get a sense of normalcy and the flow of lessons and learning as we continue our work together.

    In the first few weeks of every school year, I always remind teachers that the routines and procedures we teach now will be with us through the rest of the year and will help to keep classroom a strong and healthy classroom climate going forward.  The same can be said for remote learning. When students know what to expect and what is expected, and gain skills for how to do what they need to do, they begin to build independence in accessing learning for themselves. As a staff we’ve been talking about how we can build systems for students to build independence and confidence during remote learning.  We hope you will start seeing this in your children, and the confidence that they gain in the process.

    Keep going!  We’ve got this together!

    In Partnership,

    Rachel Friesen, Principal


    Upcoming Events Calendar

    • Oct. 7th: Equity Team Meeting, 7pm,  Superintendent Reopening Plan Task Force Application Deadline.
    • Oct. 8th: Distribution Day, 3pm-4pm
    • Oct. 9th: No School State In-service
    • Oct. 15th: PTA Board Meeting, 7pm
    • Oct. 22nd: Distribution Day, 3pm-4pm
    • Oct. 29th: Virtual Curriculum Night

    You can always access the most up-to-date calendars from the school site and the PTA site.

    Volunteering Opportunities

    See all opportunities on our Volunteering page.

    The district's brand-new volunteer application system is up and running!  You can apply, renew or update applications at New this year are Remote Volunteer categories!  More information in volunteering flyer.  

    If you can help fill any needs or have questions about volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Charlene Shanahan:

    Here are some current needs for our school and PTA:
    • Packs for Kids and Families. Team members -  Our Packs program supports families who could use some extra help with food and household items.  We are seeing an increasing need and would love to add a few more team members!   Variety of duties depending on availability.
                        o    Food Packing (Fridays 10 - 11:30 a.m.)  
                        o    Monday order email to the food bank
                        o    Food Pick up at Food Bank (Fridays 9:30 - 10)
                        o    Deliveries (Fridays 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.)
    • Grants Committee Co-Lead - Apply to grants for funding that supports our mission. We have several grants that we apply for annually. Additionally, find new grants to support initiatives.
    • Move-A-Thon Committee Co-Lead - Help reimagine and coordinate the first big fundraiser of the year!  Event happens during the fall. (Includes: planning a virtual race, sponsorship packets, online sponsorship platform)
    • Sacajawea Tech Team - If you would like to join contact Charlene Shanahan:

    School Updates

    Packs for Kids and Families

    Packs for Kids, the Hunger Intervention Program, and community members partner with Sacajawea Elementary School to offer extra help during school building closures and COVID-19. Each Friday, participating families discretely receive a box for delivery or pick-up, free of charge.
    If your family could use a little help, contact Charlene Shanahan All records are kept confidential. The enrollment form is available for download, too.

    If you're able to assist with donations, please see our updated list of needs. Thank you!


    Distribution Day Schedule 

    Our next distribution day is this Thursday, Oct. 8th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.  As always, please wear a mask and maintain 6-feet of distance. 

    This week you will return classroom bag #1 with anything that needs to come back to the school, and you will pickup classroom bag #2.

    3rd-5th Grade Students:
    We will begin library curbside pickup for 3rd-5th Grades on Oct. 8th. The students will receive Library bag #1 containing their pre-selected library books.
    Library books can be put on hold through the Library Catalog - Destiny Discover found in the Student Portal.  Mr. Harvey has been working with the students to place holds on the library books they would like to check out. If you have questions about how to put a book on hold ask your students teacher or our librarian, Mr. Harvey.

    K-2nd Grade Students:
    Library curbside pickup for K-2nd will start the following distribution day, Oct. 22nd.  Mr. Harvey will be working with the students to place holds on the library books they would like to check out.

    Library Service will be available for K-5th grades starting Oct. 22nd.

    Need delivery of your items?  Please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Friesen.

     Can’t be here on Thursday?  We can hold your items in the office.  Please let us know when you will be able to pick them up.

    Upcoming Distribution Days: 
    Thursday 10/8 – all students 3:00 – 4:00 PM -Don't forget your bag!
    Thursday 10/22 – all students 3:00 – 4:00 PM

    Tech Troubleshooting and Resources

    1) Looking for General Helpful Information and "How To" videos? 
    Seattle Public Schools has set up "How To Guides" for Remote Learning in one place.  Has helpful information and videos showing how to access Schoology, SeeSaw, and Teams.

    2) Having trouble getting into (or back into) a class session? 
    We’ve noticed that sometimes teachers are not able to see the waiting room while they are teaching or sharing their screens. If you don’t get a response after waiting a few minutes, you can call the school office. Mr. Harvey or Mrs. Friesen will work with you to try to get your child back to class as quickly as possible. We can also send you your child’s username and password, reset a password or send you a teacher’s whole class Teams Meeting Link.

    3) Need help connecting with your device or have a tech question? 
    If the SPS Technology for Remote Learning page and "How To" videos didn't answer your questions, we are fortunate to have some tech-savvy parents at our school that are available to share their knowledge.  

    Sac Tech Help
    Send questions to Amy Spivey at
    Thank you Amy!  

    If there are others who’d like to join the tech team, please contact Charlene Shanahan 

    4)  Device not working or need internet service?
    Eight Technology resource centers are open to support PreK-12 students and families with technology access.  

    These sites are open for families and students for walk-ins and appointments. Students and families can make appointments for the following services by calling Student Tech Line at: 206-252-0100 or email:

    The closest to Sacajawea are:

    Nathan Hale High School
    10750 30th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125
    Entrance is on 110th street near the athletic field. Parking is available on 110th.
    Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Closed for Lunch: 11 - 11:30

    John Marshall Alternative High
    520 NE Ravenna Blvd, Seattle, WA 98115
    Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Closed for Lunch 11 - 11:30




    District Updates

    Superintendent Reopening Plan Task Force 


    We want YOU on the Superintendent's Reopening Plan Task Force

    SPS is recruiting members for the superintendent's Reopening Plan Task Force for the 2020-21 school year. The task force will monitor the progress, implementation, and effectiveness of the remote learning model and advise the Board and superintendent on possible revisions and continuous improvement. Previous task force experience is not necessary. The deadline for nominations or applications is Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 at 9am.  The application and more information can be found at
    If you need accommodations for completing the application, please call 206-252-0467 or email



    PTA Updates

    School Directory and PTA Membership

    We've taken our Sacajawea School Directory and PTA Membership process completely online this year. By completing your information quickly, you'll help us compile the directory in record time! Later this fall, we'll distribute paper copies of the school directory to each Sac family.

    For our directory, we need to get the info and confirmation from 100% of our families. Please help us by participating.

    To complete your information, visit the Directory and PTA Membership page on the PTA website.
    Please contact Tiffany Elliott ( and Laura Riley ( for questions or concerns.

    Note from  Ms. Minor

    Thank you PTA for your generous donation to my classroom! It has allowed me to purchase some new online curriculum and supplies for each of my students!
    Thank you so much!
    -Lauren Minor, K-2 Teacher


    Recycled Art Mosaic Cards

    Free Virtual Art Workshop for SPS Students (Grades 3–8)

    Wednesday, October 7 at 3pm
    Register at
    Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

    You don’t have to spend lots of money to make art! Use found materials to make an original mosaic card design. Brighten someone’s day and explore the possibilities of recycled art with the talented teaching artist Greg Thornton.

    SCPTSA is hosting this workshop as part of this year's Reflections program, but participation in Reflections is not required to attend. In these turbulent times, expressing ourselves is more important than ever. We hope this workshop will provide a creative space to explore emotions and ideas, and hopefully inspire some entries for this year's Reflections!

    Visit to learn more about the Reflections program, or to view a recorded version of the workshop presentation after its completion if you are not able to attend the live session. Please contact Jennifer Sunami at with questions.


    MOVE-A-THON (Virtual) 

    October is (still) MOVE-A-THON month at Sacajawea! Expect to receive MOVE-A-THON materials at the Oct. 8th distribution day. More information COMING SOON.

    Thank you Ms. Kohler, our new PE teacher, for putting her time and talent towards this important effort.   

    For questions or if you would like to help please contact Becky Beard at or Dana Robinson Slote at


    Parent Equity Team, Updates and Events

    Next Equity Team meeting: 
    Wednesday Oct 7 @ 7 pm

    Contact for more info and meeting links.

    Upcoming Events:

    Parent Equity Team News and Upcoming Events:

    1. Tacoma Moon Festival with Tacoma Chinese Park. Oct 1. Free.

    2. Chinatown-International District Virtual Night Market 2020. Oct 1 from 6:00pm–7:00pm. Free.

    3. Seattle Japanese Garden Virtual Kaleidoscope Series. Oct 1–14. Free.

    4. Virtual CroatiaFest. Oct 2–4. Free.

    5. Carpool Cinema Drive-in Movie. Through Oct 3. $20 per car.

    6. Inclusion Fest. Oct 3, Nov 7, and Dec 5 from 11:00am–12:30pm. Free.

    7. Intiman Theatre Presents The Race 2020. Through Oct 4. Free.

    8. Virtual Sundae Sermon: A Celebration of Black Folks and the Outdoors. Oct 4. Free.

    9. First Indigenous Online Film Festival. Through Oct 5.
    Registration required at

    10. Virtual Gathering of Leaders. Oct 7. $49.

    11. In the Spirit -Virtual Northwest Native Festival. Through Oct 17. Free.

    12. Inside Out Installation at MadArt Studio by Marela Zacarías. Until Dec 12. Free, appointment required.